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Turning TU into a Bicycle Friendly University

Presented Sept 29th, 2011 by Marc Santos 1


About Myself • Growing knowledge in the field – Undergraduate degree focus on alternative transportation – League of American Bicyclists- Certified Instructor Apprentice

• Working knowledge of city – Thomasville Landmarks Multi-Use Path proposal – Locating community support (City Planning Dept., Rose City Cyclists, local businesses)

• Huge passion for cycling and alternative transportation in general

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Bicycle Friendly Universities • Component of the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bike Friendly America” program • Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze • Nationally recognized achievement • League support on further development • Benefit from League promotion and allows University to present additional marketing points

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Benefits of becoming a BFU • Reach sustainability goals – Enhances air quality – Reduces noise pollution via decreased traffic congestion – Keeps surfaces and groundwater clean

• Reach health and fitness goals – Increases physical health – Fosters stronger mental and emotional health – Fosters a healthier sense of community

• Gain promotional spotlight with other BFU’s including Emory University in Atlanta

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The 5 E’s of Becoming a BFU • Engineering • Education • Encouragement • Enforcement • Evaluation and Planning

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5 E’s- Engineering • Engineering – Complete Streets, lanes/signs, parking, networks

Source: Peyton Chung. “New 9th Ave Bike Lane.” Oct 27, 2007. Online Image. Flickr.com

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5 E’s- Education • Education – Safety for bicyclists, motorists, maintenance courses

Source: Richard Masoner. “Road Ride Description.” Jun 28, 2007. Online Image. Flickr.com

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5 E’s- Encouragement • Encouragement – Sports team, bike events, freshman orientations, student bike shop, bike share programs, marketing

Source: Spyderella. “Bicycle Rodeo.” Jan 1, 2004. Online Image. Flickr.com

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5 E’s- Enforcement • Enforcement – Liaison with city police, campus security, bike registries

Source: Joeduty. “Bridgeport_police_bicycle_training018.” Aug 21, 2008. Online Image. Flickr.com

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5 E’s- Evaluation and Planning • Evaluation and Planning – Mode share, crash data, bike plan, benchmarking

Source: Waltarrrrr. “Northeast Los Angeles Bicycle Plan Workshop.” Nov 4, 2009. Online Image. Flickr.com

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Thomas University- Academics & Bikes • Potential Class Integration (taken from ‘10-’11 catalog) – UNV103: Personal Wellness for freshmen – PSY351: Sports Psychology – PSY370: Health Psychology – GEO201. -302, -303: Geography courses involving GIS or relating to introductory coursework – SWK344: Human Behavior in the Social Environment 11


Potential Partnership Opportunities • Potential partners in Thomasville – City of Thomasville – Rose City Cyclists – Local businesses (Bookshelf, Grassroots) – Archbold Hospitals

• National, Federal & State Opportunities – SRAM – GA-DOT – Federal Government- TIGER-II Grants 12


Generating Widespread Support • On Thomas University campus • Within the city planning department • With local businesses (big and small) • With local residents and student body

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Potential TU Bike Path Routes

West Campus to Main Campus via Junius St or Pine Tree, then to rest of Thomasville Trail 14


Final Questions or Comments? Marc Santos Marcpolosantos@gmail.com 732-779-7036 ~ Rose City Cyclists Rosecitycyclists.wordpress.com Thanks for the opportunity to speak! 15

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